Kristi comes to Monuments with a unique blend of experience in corporate, public, and private education.
Kristi Gilbert spent 25 years in the high-tech industry as a professional writer, trainer, and instructional designer. She also ran her own company that provided instructional design services, content development, and content delivery systems for corporate education, training and certification programs.
After 25 years in the high tech industry, Kristi Gilbert retired so she could “do something that mattered”:
Kristi states, "Reflecting on my personal experience, the people who have had the most significant effect on my life outside my own family have been teachers. Elementary, middle-school, high-school, church, music, sports, and college teachers have profoundly impacted my life experiences, world view, values, and sense of identity—for good and for ill. I remember my teachers more than any celebrity, actor, musician, or politician of my era. “
With her extended experience as a professional writer and her love of literature, Kristi decided to become a high school English teacher. She obtained her teaching credential, then threw herself, wholeheartedly, into public education. She quickly became a department chair at her first school. She seeks to enrich classroom instruction with experiential, hands-on learning activities. Her guiding instructional rationale is, “What good is it to learn a principle if you can’t apply it?”
This is the vision that Kristi brings to Monuments. She is passionate about teaching and endeavors to help students connect their education in meaningful ways to the world around them.
While teaching is her current passion, Ms. Gilbert also enjoys hiking, yoga, cooking, and travel. She has travelled throughout Europe and has been to Seoul, Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bali, Sydney, Tokyo, Istanbul, Izmir, and Dubai. Although travel is fun, her favorite thing is just being home with her family, and her wicked indulgence is shopping for shoes!